Trooper Dennis H. Marriott

   June 1981

Trooper Dennis H. Marriott, 36, died June 13, 1981, from injuries suffered on June 1 when he was struck by a vehicle after exiting from his patrol car for a traffic stop. The accident occurred on US-54 south in Jefferson City, Missouri, in Cole County.

The vehicle which hit Trooper Marriott stopped momentarily after the incident and then left the scene. The vehicle was stopped a few minutes later by the Jefferson City Police Department and the female driver was found to be intoxicated and was arrested. The driver was later tried and sentenced to ten years in prison on a charge of Manslaughter.

A native of Columbia, Missouri, Trooper Marriott died of his injuries almost two weeks later at the University Medical Center. He was the 11th uniformed member of this agency to lose his life in the line of duty.

Trooper Marriott was survived by his wife and four children.


The following Special Story is provided to allow the reader to know Trooper Marriott was more than a tragic statistic. Trooper Marriott was a son, a husband, and a father who built a legacy of service throughout his life that senselessly and tragically ended too soon. The theme throughout his life demonstrated a dedicated level of service, through his military service and as a member of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, and a deep, unquestionable love for his family.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol and MASTERS has made a commitment to the Marriott Family that we will never forget Trooper Marriott or the sacrifice he made. We are grateful for insight the Marriott Family provided about their spouse and father.

     Dennis Harris Marriott was born June 7, 1945, in Columbia, Missouri, to Arthur Thomas Marriott and Vera Estelle Harris Marriott.  He attended local schools in Columbia and graduated from Hickman High School in 1963. He earned his BA in Law Enforcement from Central Missouri State University in 1967.

      In April 1968 he enlisted in the US Army assigned to the Military Police Division. He completed Criminal Investigation Division School in the Spring of 1969 and completed a tour of duty in Vietnam for one year, returning in April 1970. He re-enlisted in the Army in Feb 1971 as a CID Agent and was elevated to rank of Warrant Officer in Feb 1972. In Jan 1973 he was transferred from Oakland, California to CID Headquarters at the Pentagon in Washington DC and assigned to the Personal Security Division, providing protective services to the Secretary of Defense, Secretary of the army and Army Chief of Staff. He was also assigned to the White House in 1973 to assist in Protecting President Richard Nixon's family members. In Dec 1974, ranked CW2, he requested to be discharged from the Army, due to his father's declining health and eventual death from cancer and his desire to be closer to his aging mother. He joined the Missouri Highway Patrol on Jan 1, 1975 and was stationed in Jefferson City, Missouri at Troop F – just 30 miles from his mother's home. In his spare time, he completed his Masters Degree from Central Missouri State University. Dennis served honorably as a Missouri Highway Patrolman until his death in June 1981 when he was killed in the line of duty.

     From the newspaper we read: Missouri State Trooper Marriott was killed when a vehicle being operated by an intoxicated driver struck him. Trooper Marriott was struck by the vehicle after existing from his patrol car for a traffic stop. The vehicle, which hit Trooper Marriott, stopped momentarily after the incident then left the scene. The vehicle was stopped a few minutes later by the Jefferson City Police Department and the female driver was found to be intoxicated and was arrested. The driver was later tried and sentenced to ten years in prison on the charge of manslaughter. Trooper Marriott is survived by his wife and four children. Cindy Herring Marriott (wife) and children Cynthia Lynn Marriott (Stonehocker), Michael Stephen Marriott, Jennifer Kristine Marriott (Zachreson), and Rebecca Leann Marriott (Wattleworth).

     Dennis was a wonderful family man and a devout member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He loved Missouri and was proud to be a Missouri State Highway Patrolman and enjoyed the association with all his Patrol family, as well.

     He is forever loved and missed...but lives in our hearts. We look forward to seeing him again!

Click the link below to read detailed article about the life of Trooper Marriott.


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